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Ostend and the Sea

Posted by on July 4th, 2013 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe, Feature | 0 comments

I looked at the yachts and I looked at the sea, I felt like I should’ve just stepped out of a boat, not a train. I knew Ostend was a coastal city, but I hadn’t realized how much of coastal city it really was. Even the train station was surrounded from two sides by the sea and the harbour.

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Marvin Gaye, Chicken Curry and Ostend

Posted by on June 10th, 2013 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe, Feature | 0 comments

I can hear the dribbling of basketballs echo from the hundred year old wooden buildings surrounding the basketball court. Originally commissioned by Leopold II as barracks some hundred years ago, it has been long since been converted into a sports center and a basketball court; and this is where Marvin Gaye used to play with the local Belgian team.

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Night of Tram Lines and Castles in Ghent

Posted by on January 21st, 2013 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe, Feature | 16 comments

Old medieval city, clear night sky and a camera, that’s a Saturday night sorted for me.  And Ghent fits the bill more than perfectly. So while my friends headed to the pub, I took a few hours to walk around the city with my camera. And I was not disappointed, there are canals with reflections, illuminated castles and cathedrals, tram lines and lamp posts; all offering beautiful night views. Of course the trouble was not so much finding views worth capturing, but where to stand my camera for the 20 second exposures. I only travel usually with a gorillapod, as proper tripods are a bit too cumbersome. After a few hours however, it was time put away the camera and head to the pub where my friends were keeping a seat warm for me. And after a few hours...

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How Beer is made – Tour of De Halve Maan Brewery

Posted by on October 29th, 2012 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe, Food | 11 comments

 Not all chemicals are bad.  Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer. Dave Barry I’d like to say that I’ve always loved beer, but lets be honest here, it took me years to get used to the taste after I first tired it. But I persisted and after countless bottles I finally started enjoying. And then I moved to England and found out that there are other beers besides lagers, beers that had taste and charisma. But still, I have known shamefully little of how beer is actually made. So it was time to fix that and go visit a brewery to see how it’s actually done; and what better brewery to choose than the De Halve Maan (the half moon) brewery in Bruges...

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Weekend Raid to Belgium

Posted by on October 22nd, 2012 in Belgium, Destinations, Europe | 12 comments

On a cold October morning we gathered troops from all over England. The morning mist still hung in the air as we made our way towards south, towards the coast. We were cold, but the fresh air felt vigorating in our lungs; it was time for a good old fashioned Viking raid to Belgium. From the white cliffs of Dover we launched our ships on the treacherous waters of the English canal. We had planned on landing in Dunkirk, but the sea is a harsh and unpredictable mistress and instead she took us to Calais. A slight setback, but it made no difference; it merely brought the Belgians an extra hour to set up their defences. We rode towards Ghent, which maybe isn’t quite as famous as Bruges, Antwerp or Brussels, but ye should not overlook this old and...

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